39-year-old given unpaid work order after drug stash found near Galashiels

Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

A 39-year-old man found in possession of class-A drugs in a lay-by just outside Galashiels has been ordered to carry out 70 hours’ unpaid work.

Stuart Morgan had cocaine and heroin valued at a total of £470 when police searched his vehicle on the A72 lay-by between Galashiels and Clovenfords on September 8.

Tessa Bradley, prosecuting, told Selkirk Sheriff Court that police acting on a tip-off searched the car and found cocaine valued at £140 in a side glove compartment and heroin worth £330 on its driver’s seat.

Morgan – formerly of Glendinning Terrace, Galashiels, but now living in Sauchie in Clackmannanshire – was originally charged with drug-dealing, but his lawyer claimed his client was feeling suicidal and had gone to a supplier and asked him for all the drugs he had.

The lawyer added that Morgan, originally from Liverpool, is now off drugs.

His co-accused, Andrew Taylor, 42, of Croft Street, Galashiels, had his not-guilty pleas accepted by the crown.